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Childhood Headache


Childhood Headache is a comprehensive source of knowledge and guidance to practising clinicians looking after children with headache which includes many clinical examples to illustrate the difficulties in diagnosis or options for treatment. It is also a resource for researchers who are looking for a full analysis of the published studies.

Headache as a common problem which has a significant impact on children’s quality of life is fully illustrated in special chapters. Assessment...

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Childhood Headache is a comprehensive source of knowledge and guidance to practising clinicians looking after children with headache which includes many clinical examples to illustrate the difficulties in diagnosis or options for treatment. It is also a resource for researchers who are looking for a full analysis of the published studies.

Headache as a common problem which has a significant impact on children’s quality of life is fully illustrated in special chapters. Assessment of the child with chronic headache takes a central position, with two chapters to help early diagnosis of the child with a serious neurological disorder. The scientific basis of headache and migraine is clearly presented and simplified in the chapter of pathophysiology. Headache classification and common headache disorders (migraine and tension-type headache) are fully discussed. Other uncommon but important headache disorders such as chronic daily headache are well-covered.

Several chapters are dedicated to the management of headache disorders, emphasising available evidence-based recommendations, but where appropriate, the lack of available research into given areas is discussed. Current and future therapies are covered separately. Non-pharmacological, psychological and dietary management of headache are also presented in separate chapters.

Models of service provision for children with headache are given from the primary care point of view and also describing the model used in secondary care, giving practical advice on consistent clinical assessment, data collection and the use of diaries and children’s drawing in the assessment of headache.


“Childhood Headache” aims to provide practising clinicians with a comprehensive source of advice and knowledge on the diagnosis and management of childhood headache disorders. It addresses the needs of clinicians looking after children with headache, whether it is in a primary care setting, a hospital general paediatric clinic or in a specialist paediatric neurology service. The book is written by world experts on the subject and provides reliable and, where possible, a complete evidence-based coverage of current knowledge. Many clinical cases are to illustrate the complexity, the importance or the rarity of certain headache disorders and bring to life the relevant models of assessment and management.

“Childhood Headache” also addresses the needs of researchers and scientists. It highlights the results of recent research and also provides critical analysis of commonly accepted classification of headache disorders and pointers for future research needs.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer:Charles Kantrow, MD(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description:This book reviews that which is known about childhood headaches. The authors provide insight into diagnosis, treatment, pathophysiology, epidemiology and prognosis in children with headaches. Most important, it also points out what is not known in these areas. Each chapter is written by a different headache expert.
Purpose:The material is presented as a beginning to an understanding of what is known and not known about headaches in children. This is done in chapter format to describe types of headaches, treatment, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and prognosis. It is a successful beginning to better understanding headaches in children. The book, while not large, does review what is currently understood about childhood headaches.
Audience:The audience is meant to be pediatric neurologists and general practitioners. It appears to meet the need for providing a basis for understanding and treating childhood headaches for both neurologists and general practitioners.
Features:The book covers all aspects of childhood headaches from epidemiology and pathophysiology to diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis. It makes use of a number of studies to point out what is, and is not, known in these areas. This is the book's strength and weakness. It defines the limitations of our ability to classify and effectively treat childhood headaches. It is a beginning to better study and expand our understanding of this common problem.
Assessment:This book provides a useful perspective for the physician caring for children with headaches, especially regarding thelimitations of our understanding and treatment of this common ailment.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

Meet the Author

Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology. Qualified in Medicine from the University of Jordan and had postgraduate training in paediatrics and paediatric neurology in Cardiff and Aberdeen (UK). Following a research fellowship in headache (1991-93), he maintained clinical and research interest in headache. He established the headache service at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow in 1996, which became a base for childhood headache clinical service, research and education. Chairman of the paediatric subcommittee of the British Paediatric Association for the Study of Headache (2006-2010). Vice chairperson (2012-2013) and the chairperson (from 2013) of the Child and Adolescent Standing Group of the International Headache Society.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. History of headache in childhood: from headache tablets to headache tablets

3. Pathophysiology of migraine and other headaches

4. Heredity and genetics of headache and migraine

5. Classification of headache

6. Epidemiology of headache and migraine

7. Impact of headache on quality of life

8. Assessment of childhood headache

9. Investigation of the child with chronic headache: the red flags

10. Childhood migraine: clinical features

11. Management of acute attacks of migraine

12. Preventative treatment for migraine and other headache disorders

13. Potential drugs for the treatment of migraine in children

14. Headache and comorbidity in children: stroke, patent foramen ovale and epilepsy

15. Cyclical vomiting syndrome

16. Abdominal migraine

17. Benign paroxysmal vertigo and benign paroxysmal torticollis

18. Tension-type headache

19. Cluster headache and other trigeminal autonomic cephalagias

20. Chronic daily headache in children and adolescents

21. New daily persistent headache in children

22. Headache, brain tumour and hydrocephalus

23. Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

24. Craniofacial pain: headache attributed to diseases of the paranasal sinuses, the eyes, the teeth and the jaws

25. Chronic post-traumatic headache

26. Psychological aspects of childhood headache

27. Psychological treatment of headache in children and adolescents

28. Dietary management of headache and migraine

29. Management of the child with headache in general practice

30. Specialist clinics for the child with headache

31. Drawing as an expression of migraine symptoms in children: can a picture really paint a thousand words?

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